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The Secret Life of Bees eBook by Jaycee Dugard

Click Here to Download the Book Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine femal power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

Reviews Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees illustrated the meaning of love and individuality. Throughout the book Lily Owens, the main character, struggles to find her identity. She believes that the loss of her mother in her early childhood has affected who she is. Kidd uses a great sense of imagery that draws a great canvas of the conflicts of that time period. Kidd also does a great job of portraying Lily's changing emotions throughout the book as she learns more and more about her mother. Lily Owens lived with her father on a small farm just outside of town. You could sum her up as shy but bold. She did not have the same privileges as the girls from her school, she did not wear nice clothes or do her hair. Her father, who she called T-Ray, was bitter and tart like an old peach. He had a peach farm which Lily had to help with. When Lily finds a clue about her mothers past she decides to runaway and take her Negro "fill in mother" with her. On an adventure to Tiburon that changes her life, Lily made a name for herself. She discovered who she really was with the guided help of new friends through hardships and laughter.

This book is one of my favorites I have read so far in my lifetime. It is a combination of learning trust, friendships, battling racism, and standing up for what you believe in. In this book a girl named Lily is trying to find out about her mothers childhood, life, and death. While she is looking threw the few thing of her mothers she finds a clue of where her mother lived. After escaping for her cruel father, finds where her mother lived for part of her life. This story is about the people that her mother grew up with and her life. The book is very close to the movie. In the movie Lilys dad has different physical characters then described in the movie. Another difference is that in the movie, when they show the daughter of the house keeper and her ploblems about her husband and why she is struggling with it. One last difference in the movie then the book is when Lily gets in a fight with her dad he doesnt explane the detales of why everything is Lilys fault. I would deffinetly reccomend this book to others. It is good for all ages, and teaches life time lessons that everyone should know and learn. This book has great characters and settings in the book that make you feel like you are actually there watching the whole act. The only weakness that this book had was that it needed a little more detail on events that happened before the scenes in the book. If I made any changes it would be to add more details. I would reccomed this book to teenagers and older, because it teachers importand life lessons that will help then through life in hard times.

This was a very enjoyable read. There were quite a few parallels to "The Help." Both were "coming of age" novels for young women (one 14, the other about 22) in the Deep South (South Carolina/Georgia) in the early '60's (64/63). Both protagonists had closer ties/feelings to the "Colored" than their white families and friends. Both dealt with Civil Rights Issues - in a very large way in The Help, not so much in Bees. One major difference is that the protagonist in The Help was of the "upperclass" of whites while the maids would be considered a "lower" class of the Coloreds; in Bees the protagonist was of the "lower" class of whites,


while the "coloreds" were of the upper class (a teacher, a musician, a principal, the beekeepers, a young man sure to become a lawyer). The best part of Bees was the Beekeepers' take on Catholicism and the Cult of Mary. All the information on the bees was very interesting. As usual, it's a book I read mainly for the book quiz, but, had there been no quiz, I still would have read it with pleasure. It was a perfect afternoon today. The weather was in the low 70's and sunny. I had mixed up a fresh batch of raspberry tea from raspberries I picked in the woods last summer and PG Tips from a trip to London. After yesterday's record high of 90, my old brick house was pleasantly cool, and I had nothing I HAD to do. It was a pleasure to curl up with a great book.

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